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Only Tories can cut the SNP ‘down to size’ in Scotland, Boris Johnson insists

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The Conservatives are the “only party that can cut the SNP down to size” in May’s Scottish elections, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted.

With the Nicola Sturgeon’s party using the Holyrood poll to push for another referendum on Scottish independence, the Prime Minister insisted the focus should instead be on efforts to rebuild the UK following the coronavirus pandemic.

He insisted the UK would defeat Covid-19 in the coming months, with the vaccination programme having “roared into life in every corner of this country”.

But Mr Johnson, who was addressing the Scottish Conservative conference, added that when the health crisis of the pandemic was over, “our job will only be half done”.

Boris Johnson visit to Scotland

The Conservative leader insisted the “same spirit” that had been shown during the pandemic must then be focused “onto our economic recovery and building back better for the whole of the UK”.

He insisted: “We can build back better – but only if we all come together.”

Just when everything is beginning to reopen again, when we will soon be reunited with our friends and family, the SNP think that this is the time to turn us all against one another.

He hit out at Ms Sturgeon’s party, saying: “The SNP want to divide us, to turn Scotland against itself, at this of all times.”

He told the conference: “I just find it incredible then that the SNP would choose this moment to again push their campaign for separation.

“Just when everything is beginning to reopen again, when we will soon be reunited with our friends and family, the SNP think that this is the time to turn us all against one another.

“To start another political fight.”

The Prime Minister continued: “Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised by this, it is their party’s obsession.

“Yet surely even they have a sense of priority, of what is important right now?”

He comments came less that two months before the next Scottish Parliament elections, which are due to take place on May 6.

The SNP are “intent on pushing for a referendum, regardless of the cost to Scotland and the whole of the UK,” in that vote, Mr Johnson said.

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